After purchasing the video series “Roots” from Living Waters, my family was excited to get out and experience open air preaching. My youngest son, Bryce, practiced for two days, then in front of the family at our Thanksgiving celebration.
After the meal was over, he grabbed a fold-up chair, some Million Dollar Bill tracts and said “Let’s go preach to the crowd’s Dad!” And that is what we did.
While we were pulling into the parking lot and looking at the line spanning the front of Target, I could hear him breathing short breaths in the back seat. He was nervous but determined. We prayed in the car and he walked to the end of a sidewalk that was right across from the crowds. His interaction with the crowd was encouraging and gave him a major boost in confidence.
He is hooked and wants to find more crowds to preach to! Enjoy Bryce as he shares Jesus’ message with Black Friday Shoppers. Your comments are welcome below:
Allen Rains ended his phone conversation with his close friend and Federal Reserve Chairman of the United States, and leaned back in a plush leather chair behind his custom made, dark stained cherry wood executive desk, and overlooked Manhattan from the 35th floor corner office. Floor to ceiling glass gave the office an Imax view of the city on two sides of the office. Today he wore a dark blue bespoke suit from H. Huntsman, which he purchased the prior week in London’s Savile Row.
An odd and urgent request had come in from a junior analyst to have a face to face meeting with the founder and CEO of Rains Investment Inc., to review some findings that were imperative to the health of the firm. Allen never held face to face meetings with anyone lower than a VP title, however he admired the persistency of the analyst’s numerous attempts at getting his attention and opted to carve out a few minutes out of his calendar to hear the boy out.
Yesterday I was reading a forum which promoted a non-Christian religion. People were asking about salvation and heaven, to which the majority of answers started with, “It’s complicated to understand, even for us.” For me the first thought that came to mind is “Getting to heaven is easy.”
Jesus gave us these simple words to his first disciples, which also apply to us today; “The time has come, the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15 NIV (all emphasis is this and following passages are my own). I know what you are asking next, “What does repent mean and what is the good news?” I am glad you asked.
My boss was fabulous, and so were my co-workers. I can truly say I had fun at work, but we worked hard too and got stuff done. The functionality I worked on in 2002 is still being used today, which is a great sense of accomplishment. Being that we had such a great working relationship it struck me as being odd when I went into her office for my annual review. We chatted and laughed, like we normally did, then my face locked into a smile, in what I would later come to realize as my first sign of anxiety. That smile became uncomfortable and the conversation was at a serious point. I tried not to smile, but it caused my face to twitch. At least that is what I felt, I do not know if she saw that.
“I’m having a heart attack!” was the thought that came to my mind as I drove on the 101, in the middle of nowhere between Monterey, California and Atascadero. I jerked the steering wheel to the right, as if an animal ran in front of my new Nissan Titan. My wife was in the passenger seat reading, while my three young kids were in the back keeping themselves occupied for the 5 hour drive home from our end of summer camping trip, in 2005.
“What’s going on?” My wife asked in a startled voice, as we pulled to side of the road and abruptly stopped. I didn’t answer. Instead I opened the driver’s side door and practically jumped out of the truck. “Sean, what are you doing?” She asked again, fright welling up in her tone.
If you have been following the posts on rattle can paint job for my sons truck, you might remember that we did not have enough primer to give us the 4 – 5 coats of primer I was looking for. You might be saying 4 – 5 is a lot, and I would agree with that, however, with the rattle can the coverage was fairly light and with wet sanding it took the paint back down to bare metal.
Using the rattle can single stage paint I had the same issue. We purchased 5 cans of Spray Max 2k Single Stage Aerosol Auto Paint from http://www.66autocolor.com I ended up buying 5 more cans and should have purchased another 5. At $22 per can we spent $220 in Paint and about $200 in primer for a total just over $400 in paint and primer. This put us slightly under the material cost from our local auto paint store, which sold PPG Paint and primer.
Looking online for paint we found SEM High Build rattle can primer at www.66autocolor.com and purchased 5 cans. Unfortunately 5 was not enough, so we had to buy another 5. If we were to do it again, we would have bought another 5 to build up the primer with a thicker base. Also, I did not primer or paint the bed, this was only for “exterior”.
Here are the steps we took for primer. The final product is pictured below.
It was apologetics day on the radio where they encouraged inquiring minds to call in with tough questions about God. A gentleman called in and asked, “If He is real, why doesn’t God show himself?”. This man was clearly an atheist in the way he presented the question and debated with the host and his guest.
The host and the guest gave an answer to the effect of “God wants it that way. He wants us to have faith. For the same reason Jesus spoke in parables, is the reason God remains unseen.” There were some compelling points, but I think these two missed the point by a thousand miles.
The typical life of an American is non-stop. Unfortunately our society is plagued with the idea that we must be doing something all of the time. We even ignore God’s Fourth Commandment, which says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8.
God obviously gave us this commandment because He knew that without it we would be stressed, irritable, distant, covetous of more time, and ultimately separated from our families.
A couple of days ago my family and I were on the freeway and passed by an upside down car on the other side that had just flipped over. We did not see the accident happen, but saw the tires in the air, still spinning pretty fast. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a woman running toward the car on the shoulder of the road. What would cause that woman to stop her car, get out with cars zipping by, and approach a car that could be leaking gas and could explode any minute?